Who is Joe?

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This facility is dedicated to Joe Newman for his many years of service to the Joplin community. Often called the “godfather of economic development” in Joplin, Mr. Newman was a founder of the Joplin Business and Industrial Development Corporation and a longtime member and president of the Joplin Industrial Development Authority. His leadership on the JIDA led to the creation of the Joplin-Webb City Industrial Park. His spirit, determination and dedication have been the backbone of many other economic development efforts. His vision continues to have a positive impact on the community he loved so much.

 

 

Original oil painting by Andy Thomas on display in the Innovation Center lobby.